THE wait is over. The winners of the Torbay Sports Awards 2012 will be revealed tonight at a glittering awards ceremony at the Riviera Conference Centre.
Hosted jointly between Torbay Council and the Herald Express for the first time, this year's awards are bigger and better than ever before.
Finalists have been hand-picked by a team of judges from a raft of nominations across the 10 categories.
Television and radio personality David Fitzgerald will compere the event, while speakers include Lawrie McMenemy MBE and World Cup rower Marcus Bateman.
There will be a live on-stage performance by Paignton's double European Junior gold medallist Jay Thompson, while a surprise or two is planned for the night.
The Torbay Sports Awards celebrates the achievements of coaches, volunteers, officials, teams, clubs and sports personalities who have all made an exceptional impact on sport in Torbay.
Torbay's Mayor Gordon Oliver said: "It is great to recognise our sports stars young and old and the volunteers and coaches across the Bay that continue to work hard and give up their time to help, train, encourage and promote our sportspeople.
"The awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of clubs, teams, coaches, officials and individuals involved in sport locally. Each award winner and nominee plays a vital role in encouraging youngsters into sport, nurturing talent, sustaining local sports clubs and promoting healthy lifestyles. In general, making physical activity more accessible and appealing to our residents.
"Once again, this year there has been an exceptionally high quality of entries and I understand that the judging process was not an easy one so I would like to thank the judges for giving up their time. I would also like to congratulate the nominees on their achievements to date and I wish them all the very best of luck."
Herald Express Editor Jim Parker said: "The new Torbay Sports Awards aim to recognise and pay tribute to the thousands of people who compete on the field and the thousands of people who are the unsung heroes working tirelessly behind the scenes. The Herald Express is proud to be leading the awards, working in partnership with Torbay Council and South Devon College. I would like to thank our headline sponsors, Boyce Hatton, and all our category sponsors for their support and congratulate all those nominated."
In today's Herald Express sports pages, Sports Editor Andy Phillips takes a look at the final two categories in our series, namely the Torbay Club of the Year and Contribution to the London 2012 Olympics/ Paralympics.
A look at the final two categories in our five-week series is on Page 122